research your position and write a solid defense of whatever you chose to present, with credible top tier research to support your position
This is the paper covering the topic you picked the first weeks of class. This paper is intended to push your understanding of a position – and support that position with research and facts. If–for example–your paper is on GTMO you should not be writing a history of the base. You should be choosing a position on the topic and how we use it, i.e. “Guantanamo needs to be closed tomorrow, because…”. You must research your position and write a solid defense of whatever you chose to present, with credible top tier research to support your position – a list of preferred publications can be found in the “Tips for your Position Paper” document.
Which side of these topics you choose isn’t as important as the facts and research you use to support your position.
The paper should be written in the neutral 3rd person (no 1st person “I”, “we”, or “us”) and should use APA format throughout – especially the citations. Do not include works in your references that are not cited in your paper. Failure to use APA is an automatic 10% off your paper grade. MANY programs will format your papers for you – see MS Word, and Perdue OWL for guidance.
Your paper must be 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman font size 11, with 1” margins. Spacing between paragraphs must be set to 0 (zero). You must have a title page, an abstract, and a references page. These pages do not count as written content. We use the grading rubric found below and use this as a guide on constructing your paper.
Paper must be 4 pages of written content (This does not include title page, abstract, or bibliography), and must cite at least 5 quality sources